Kerala - God's Own Country ...The name 'Keralam' or 'Kerala', as it was adopted by the English language, comes from the Malayalam words 'Keram' meaning Coconut Palm and 'Alam' meaning Land or Place. Keralam is therefore 'The Land of Coconut Palm'. Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a lifetime.
Location : Southwestern tip of India
Area: 38,863 sq.km
Capital: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum - TRV)
Language: Malayalam, English widely spoken
Summer: February – May (24 – 330C
Monsoon: June – September (22 – 280C)
Winter: October – January (22 – 320C)
Kerala is bordered with Arabian Sea in the West, Western Ghats and Tamilnadu in the east and tamil Nadu and Karnataka at North East. Kerala is blessed forty four rivers, back waters, hill stations, paddy fields, pristine beaches, plantations and lush greenery.
The rich cultural heritage of Kerala with temples, festivals, boat races, dances, handicrafts, coir products, and the traditional Ayurveda make vistor feel fully touched.
The uniqueness of Kerla’s ecological abundance is evident from the presence of free flowing rivers, pristine beaches, hill stations, tropical forests, biological eco reserves and the backwaters stretching from Kochi to Kollam covering approximately 2000 kms. The Vembanadu lake spread over an incredible 2195 sqkm area within 3 districts holds water of six rivers approximately. The intricate network of man-made canals together with the natural waterways have created the navigational channel known as national waterway. Backwaters and rivers are venues of popular snake boar races.
The tallest peak in south India is Anaimudi (The tuft of an elephant)located in Kerala. This is where you will find the rapidly declining animal, ibex that looks like a cross breed of goat and deer, with the extra ordinary capability of moving in the slopes of sheer cliffs.
The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the undulating hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will have you bowled over.
The people of Kerala are warm and friendly and interaction with them is often a highlight of a holiday to Kerala. Keralites have a strong culture and are fiercely proud of their state. Some of their art forms (eg Kathakali and Theyyam) and martial arts (kalaripayattu) are unique.
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